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Bum Coverage [Jan. 19th, 2009|12:51 pm]
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I've finally figured out what really bothered me about Ben Peek's hitting back at Russell's negative review of his book.

Ben thinks he was told of this bias against him by someone who then commented they don't remember doing so. They don't say they didn't tell him this, just that they don't remember doing it. And they mention that a lot of people had it in for Ben at the time.

So Ben's justification for his response is based on hearsay at best.
But it could easily be him mis-remembering what he was told, and about who, since he's not even sure who told him in the first place.
Or it could all be bullshit on Ben's part so that he feels he looks justified in acting pissy.

The silly thing is, Ben's single line comment on the review - "--though I suppose calling it a review might be a little kind." - is all that needed to be said. It made his point beautifully without making himself look like a dick.

He hasn't heard that Russell had it in for him from Russell himself, and the problem with basing such a response on undeclared personal bias is that the supposed bias is undeclared. There's no proof it ever existed, so there's no proof that he's justified in hitting out at Russell.

Given how he once went after someone he felt had no proof to back up their claims, it's all a bit hypocritical.

But this sets a nasty precendent. If someone tells him, either mistakenly, or falsely, that I want to have his love-child, then by his previous criteria for accuracy it must be true, and he's free to react accordingly without a shred of proof to back him up.

Ben, I have no undeclared urge to have your babies. Or even to have sex with you. Please never attempt to shag me.

Nothing personal dude, just covering my arse.

[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-19 10:49 am (UTC)
Not much I can add to that, but thanks for the clarification.

I suppose one problem is that Ben seems to actively court attention, so of course people are going to notice or react. And as stated above, the timing is probably unfortunate given the Reardon blow-up.
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From: ex_benpayne119
2009-01-19 11:11 am (UTC)
I don't deny that Ben does to some extent create the reactions he gets...

Unlike I, who am always faultless and pure!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-19 11:34 am (UTC)
I know!

It must make it all the more annoying when people mistake you for him!
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From: ex_benpayne119
2009-01-19 11:38 am (UTC)
It's like mistaking a peaceful lamb of the hills for a slavering corpse-buggering wolf-thing!
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[User Picture]From: crankynick
2009-01-19 11:34 am (UTC)
Everybody behaves like a bit of a dick occasionally (and I've been the poster child for that statement over the years) - but people who own up to that dickery and deal with the consequences, rather than looking ways to excuse and cover for it, are even rarer a breed than the odd perfect individual.
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From: ex_benpayne119
2009-01-19 11:37 am (UTC)
That's very true.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-19 11:47 am (UTC)
Well said!
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